Fox O&Os, Weigel Launch Movies! Digi-Net
Another player in crowded entertainment subchannel space
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/28/2013 1:58:33 PM
Movies! will be available on Fox subchannels in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and Ocala.
"We're doing Movies! because this content works in the D2 space," said Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming at Fox Television Stations. "Weigel has proven that in their other ventures, which is why we've chosen to work with them. While we've successfully used our D2 spectrum to some degree, this is the first time we're going in with all stations on board, which is exciting."
Movies! enters a crowded entertainment multicast net space that includes This TV, Me-TV, Antenna TV and NBC Owned Stations rookie Cozi TV. Weigel owns Me-TV, which airs classic TV shows, and is a partner, with MGM, on This TV.
The films will air 24 hours a day and will appear in a 16 by 9 format.
"We are excited to work with the Fox Television Station Group in the creation of the next digital network franchise," said Neal Sabin, president of content and networks, Weigel Broadcasting.
Anything that gives a choice is welcomed. The older movies are better. The over the air broadcast programming is so bad now. Some of the broadcasters are very arrogant and won't even offer you a choice but instead choose to hog the entire channel for their one lame channel and sometimes a really bad weather channel to go along with it. If the broadcasters are not using the extra subchannels, they should be taken from the broadcasters and relicensed. The bad weather channel should not count towards programming at all.
Jim Johnson - 3/30/2013 3:18:49 PM EDT
Anything that's English speaking but not just more religious programming is a plus. Looking forward to it. Yay. Who doesn't like movies.
Brian Richards - 2/1/2013 11:49:54 PM EST
First a question for clarity. It reads "The films will air 24 hours a day and will appear in a 16 by 9 format." Does this mean that the programming will air letterboxed in 480i, or will the channel be 720p or better?
On a programming note, this sounds completely lame. Nobody wants another channel of years-old, over-played edited movies.
What Fox should have done is re-licence some of their old shows that originally aired on Fox, FX, etc. They could put together some classic line-ups. Air the mid-90's Fox Kids block on Saturday and Sunday mornings, dust of Boston Public, Dark Angel, Herman's Head, Party of Five, Keen Eddie, Bernie Mac, etc for prime-time runs.
For some of the "dated" material (MadTV, In Living Color), they could shoot new wrap-arounds -- like a trash TV version of Robert Osborne -- that provides historical context for some of the humor.
Also, it could be a haven for just-cancelled Fox shows to rerun and air all of the produced episodes.
But, no, licence some movies cheaply and cover their cost with local lawyer advertisements. Let's not try anything entertaining!
FrankM - 1/29/2013 11:57:38 AM EST
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